Uncorking the secrets of cyber with Monica

Monica Meade is the Global Head of Audit for Technology, Real Time Payments, and Transfer Solutions at Mastercard.

Before joining Mastercard, Monica worked for nine years at JP Morgan, where she served as the Head of Technology Audit for the Corporate and Investment Bank Markets team for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to that, she held various audit roles at Credit Suisse and Deloitte.

Aside from her professional career, Monica is a passionate advocate for social causes. She serves as a trustee of the Afro Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, a leading blood cancer/disorder charity dedicated to raising awareness of the severe shortage of donors on the U.K. stem cell, blood, and organ donor registers.

Additionally, Monica actively volunteers with the U.K. Cyber Security Council as an Assessor for Professional Registration titles, offering her expertise in assessing candidates. Her dedication to advancing the field of technology audit and information security is evident from her past role as President and board member of the award-winning ISACA London Chapter.

Monica is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Chartered Cyber Security Professional (ChCSP). She holds a Postgraduate degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway University of London, along with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Management from King's College London.

Cyber costs millions every year and is usually not a question of "if" but "when" and "how long". Monica will share a bit of light on this hidden world and who are the big actors, how do they get away with it, as well as how to protect one's organisation.

We will be tasting a selection of wines from Clarette, a really nice French restaurant with a private room.


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Picnic opera Holland Park Barber of Seville

Fully Booked

(We could have a second table of 12. If interested please get in touch with us by email)

Join us for an outdoor Opera evening in one of the most unique London summer evenings!

Holland Park Opera has contacted us for a discounted offer to spend an evening together, eating, drinking, and listening to an amazing Opera. This is a one-off, we would like to try with you. Laurence and Anne enjoy operas and we both thought it could be a nice way to celebrate the start of Summer.

Doors open at 5.30 pm and, we suggest arriving from 6.00 pm. We will meet at the entrance of Holland Park Opera to be taken to a table reserved for us. Performances start at 7.30. there is an interval at 8.30-45 pm for 30 minutes. The performance ends around 9.35 / 9.45 and we can go back to our table if we want until it closes at 11 pm. A picnic from an Italian Deli will be served. It will be a Bring Your Own (BYO) bottle.  This is meant to be more about relaxing and networking and less about speakers or wine information.

Please find below the description from Holland Park Opera:

The Barber of Seville by Rosinni is a "sparkling comedy of intrigue told with style and panache. Figaro the barber turns puppet-master as he tries to prevent Rosina’s wedding to her elderly guardian, Doctor Bartolo, and instead to cement a match between her and the young Count Almaviva, Figaro’s former and future employer. Disguises and deceptions abound as the course of true love hits the rocks. With brilliantly inventive arias and ensembles that fizz at lightning speed, Rossini’s opera serves as a tart prequel to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Paul Grant takes the title role in Cecilia Stinton’s new production of this classic bel canto comedy, conducted by Charlotte Corderoy. Elgan Llŷr Thomas and Heather Lowe play Almaviva and Rosina, with Stephen Gadd as the conniving Doctor Bartolo. There is luxury casting in the supporting cast, as operatic superstar and celebrated comedienne Janis Kelly makes her company debut in the role of Bartolo’s dust-allergic housekeeper, Berta.

Because this is a different event from our usual ones, we have decided to put only one price for everyone, members and non-members: £96.

There are ONLY 12 seats available (or 24 if we have a lot of success) so be fast to register. As usual, a women's event only. Your family and friends are welcome!

The deadline to register is the 16th of May.

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Can the world avoid greenwashing with Maria

Maria Lilli joined MSCI in 2013 and leads the ESG Consultant team across the UK and Italy. Maria has more than 14 years’ experience in the ESG Research industry, advising leading institutional investors, asset managers, and central banks on different ESG integration, screening and engagement strategies, and helping develop different educational and analytical tools.

 Additionally, Maria is a member of the UK Sustainable Investment Forum, Industry Development Committee, as well as of the British Standard Institute working group on the creation of standards on the labelling of responsible and sustainable funds. She is also guest lecturer at the London College of Fashion.

Prior to joining MSCI, Maria worked as analyst looking at sustainability issues within the think-tank Accountability. She also worked as lawyer at the French Anti-Trust Authority and lectured at Nanterre University. Maria holds a LLM in European Competition Law from Paris-Assas University, and a Master degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Maria will be discussing

- current trajectory of temperature rise and how to measure it
- what companies are doing in terms of reducing carbon emissions and how to assess the credibility of carbon emission reduction targets
- how companies ‘hide’ their emissions (so-called orpheline emissions)

We will taste 6 wines that reflect global warming challenges.


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